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The Fog and the Redwood

Sep 23, 2016

A Glimpse Before It’s Gone

Sep 23, 2016

Of Fashion, Faith, and Physics

Sep 23, 2016

Myth-Busting Your Fitness Routine

Sep 23, 2016

A Glimpse Before It’s Gone

Sep 23, 2016

The Fog and the Redwood

Sep 23, 2016

Making the Most of A.I.’s Potential

Sep 23, 2016

Of Fashion, Faith, and Physics

Sep 23, 2016

For a few years, the island fox was a rare find in the wild. But thanks to speedy conservation efforts, the tiny West Coast relative of the mainland gray fox is on the rebound. In fact, since the Endangered Species Act was first enacted in 1973, the island fox has shown the fastest recovery of any endangered mammal, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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In a meeting of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, world leaders committed to toughening regulation of antimicrobials and encouraging development of new antibiotics and treatments, among other measures. The agreement was an exceptional move for the group, which has only taken up three other health issues in the past — HIV, non-communicable diseases and Ebola.

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Would you clothe yourself in plastic kitchen wrap to stay cool on a blazing summer day?

Researchers at Stanford University are hoping so — they’ve designed a new polyethylene-based fabric that’s meant to lower its wearer's body temperature by almost four degrees. The invention isn’t just for convenience: If more of our bodies’ thermal radiation can escape through our clothes, we might be less likely to flip a switch to cool down.  

Do dogs understand what we're saying to them?

Sep 18, 2016
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Ever gotten the feeling that your dog is listening not just to what you say, but how you say it? You’re not alone among pet owners — and a new study in Science suggests that you’re not wrong, either.

Is a treatment for Alzheimer’s finally in focus?

Sep 17, 2016

While cancer and heart disease are the two leading causes of death in the United States they’re no longer the death sentences they once were — thanks to advances in medicine. The same cannot yet be said for Alzheimer’s disease, which affects over 5 million people in the United States.

Taking a Telepresence Robot for a Spin

Sep 16, 2016

How Games Move Us

Sep 16, 2016

How to Make a Golden Record

Sep 16, 2016
North Carolina researchers uncovered this statue of Aphrodite while digging in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.
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Teams from North Carolina State University and East Carolina University were on a dig in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan this summer, looking for ceramics, coins, bones and other evidence of how the Nabatean people lived their lives there in the first four centuries A.D. 

N.C. State history professor Tom Parker said during an excavation of a second-century villa, the trench supervisor noticed what looked like two "butts" beginning to emerge from the sand.

Ask The Ethicist

Sep 14, 2016
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What should you do if you know a friend is cheating on their spouse? Should you tell a friend who applied to your firm the real, but confidential, reason she did not get hired? 

Finding solutions to the ethical dilemmas of everyday life are the work of New York Times ethicist, Kwame Anthony Appiah. Appiah is a professor of philosophy and law at NYU. 

If other animals can regenerate their limbs, why can’t humans?

Sep 12, 2016
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Have you ever watched a fish swim and thought that all of the long, tiny bones in its pectoral fin looked a bit — just a little bit — like fingers? Or seen a salamander that’s regrown its tail after a close call with a predator, and wondered why we can’t regenerate our limbs? As scientists learn more about the genes that shape animal musculoskeletal systems, they’re uncovering clues about how our own limbs developed — and may someday regenerate.

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More than 300 million tourists visited US national parks in 2015, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. The National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday last month, and recently President Barack Obama added to the list of protected parks and monuments.

But with increased popularity comes controversy and management problems.

At the Grand Canyon, for example, more visitors has resulted in more interest in development around the park — and more difficulty balancing preservation and tourism.

How much math should kids learn in school?

Sep 10, 2016
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Did you use a polynomial equation today? When was the last time you calculated the volume of a sphere?

While human achievements in mathematics continue to reach new levels of complexity, many of us who aren’t mathematicians at heart (or engineers by trade) may struggle to remember the last time we used calculus.

It’s a fact not lost on American educators, who amid rising math failure rates are debating how math can better meet the real-life needs of students. Should we change the way math is taught in schools, or eliminate some courses entirely?

US officials are rushing to develop a Zika vaccine by 2017

Sep 10, 2016
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The Rio Olympics have come and gone, but the spread of Zika virus internationally remains a threat for the United States. The CDC is actively monitoring two clusters of the virus in Florida. Government officials expect that Zika will eventually spread. Meanwhile, vaccine candidates are being rushed through clinical trials, but won't be available at least until the spring of 2017. 

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says that for now, it’s important to contain Zika and to raise public awareness about its effects.